- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
Hello everyone! This is my first post!
The fiance and I are getting married in just under 2 years in Honolulu, Hawaii and were hoping to get some advice from those who have been to weddings there and also to destination weddings in general.
What we are looking for is something elegant yet simple and intimate. While this shouldn’t be hard to find, I have spent the whole of last week researching venues for both the ceremony and reception. Some of the questions running through my mind include :
1. Should we have the ceremony and the reception at the same venue? Does it make it easier?
2. Should we have the reception at an outdoor restaurant with music playing in the background? Something more low-key.
3. What is a typical destination wedding? I know that there is no “typical” anything these days, but I am interested in finding out how other brides do destination weddings. What is the “format”, and how do they pull off a smooth ceremony and reception, and maybe even an after party? How does it all flow from the beginning to the end? I really have no idea what I am getting myself into!!!
I started emailing some venues that we found online, mostly beach hotels on Waikiki and their respective restaurants. These include:
1. Hilton Hawaiian Village – http://www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/weddings/ceremonies.cfm
– love the Ocean Crystal Chapel… if we decide to get married in a chapel, this may be the winner!
2. Moana Surfrider – http://www.moana-surfrider.com/weddings/weddingvenues
– love their outdoor space for a reception, still need to find out from them the amount of people they can accommodate for a more casual dinner
– I found some wedding photography blogs online and the pictures looked beautiful and it looked like there was a band playing nearby so must have been a nice island atmosphere
3. Halekulani – http://www.halekulani.com/living/weddings/
– great menus and great staff; prompt response and very good customer service
– rooms for a small banquets & Orchids restaurant with a great menu and raving reviews; good option for a reception
4. Outrigger Reef on the Beach – http://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/hawaiian-islands/oahu-waikiki/outrigger-reef-on-the-beach/weddings
– we like that there is an option for a tented private outdoor space and we can hire local musicians; a good choice for the reception
5. Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant & Sans Souci rooms – http://www.kaimana.com/hautreelanai.htm
– beautiful outdoor space & live music
– raving reviews
– Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in 1893, “If anyone desires such old fashion things such as lovely scenery, quiet pure air, clear sea water, good food and heavenly sunsets hung out before his eyes over the Pacific and the distant hills of Wai’anae, I recommend him cordially to the Sans Souci.” San Souci, in French, means ‘without care’.
I am still going to look into Aston Waikiki Beach & Aston Waikiki Beachside….and most likely a few others.
Something else we are considering is a wedding on the beach and then the reception at a nice venue, maybe one of the ones mentioned. We like this one, done by Aloha Island Weddings on Bellows Beach: http://www.alohaislandweddings.com/aki_beach_setup_Hawaii.htm We are just curious how the whole process would work. Would we have to get one of those trolleys to take us from Point A to Point B?
Something else we are curious about is whether wedding coordinators are there throughout or just to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Because I am extremely clueless, I will need all the advice I can get!
I created a blog as well with the same info as above which I will update regularly and talk about the progress of planning. I was really hoping that other brides would have a similar blog so I can get ideas but there isn’t much!